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Transdisciplinary artist and writer Every Ocean Hughes.

Stockholm-based artist Every Ocean Hughes was appointed as the Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the Weitzman School of Design for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

EOH — formerly known as Emily Roysdon — is a transdisciplinary artist and writer with recent projects across performance, photography, printmaking, text, video, and installation art. EOH will work with graduate students in the fine arts department of the School of Design. In spring 2022, she will give a public lecture and lead a seminar that includes a trip as part of the curriculum. 

“For the recent four years, I have been researching in a field I call queer death, addressing questions of self-determination, mutual aid, survival, diverse kinship, and accountability. In these times of pandemic, uprisings, and deep conflict, I find this work even more engaging and relevant,” EOH told the School of Design. 

EOH's background in the arts includes exhibition curation, costume design for various choreographers and the band Le Tigre, music with The Knife, Colin Self, and JD Samson & MEN, as well as writing projects, according to her website.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, EOH was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Since 2013, she was a professor of art at Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft, and Design. In 2001, EOH co-founded and edited LTTR, a journal and artist collective dedicated to highlighting the work of radical feminist and queer communities.

The previous Sachs Visiting Professorship was held by Ernesto Pujol, a “social choreographer” who creates installation projects and group performances that explore the repressed memories of individuals and groups.

“Through her art and writing, she seeks to disrupt discursive regimes wherever and whenever they appear,” Ken Lum, professor and chair of the fine arts department, told the School of Design. “Her work challenges the idea that lived experience can be reduced to codified systems or articulable forms.”